[ sur-kuhm-noo-teyt, -nyoo- ]
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verb (used without object),cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.
  1. (of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.

Origin of circumnutate

1875–80; circum- + nutate<Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter

Other words from circumnutate

  • cir·cum·nu·ta·tion, noun
  • cir·cum·nu·ta·to·ry [sur-kuhm-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo-], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-/, adjective

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